IPL’s contract page has since been updated to reflect the 2015 salaries of the key members of the roster. Anyone omitted from the list is either on a minimum salary or a minor league deal.
Multiple players with league-minimum salaries will earn slightly more than the $507,500 minimum mandate by the league since teams are allowed to give players raises at their own discretion. For example, while I have not read anything about Corey Kluber’s salary, I think it can be assumed the Indians have bumped him up above league minimum (although still well below what he’s worth).
Of the players on full major league contracts, the Indians are on the books for $81.505 million in 2015. Add in the players on minimum salaries and that number jumps up to around $85M (the exact number can’t be calculated because it will be adjusted by the time spent at the major league level by the minimum salary guys).
Entering 2014, the Indians Opening Day roster was reportedly at $82.4M, so we should see that number bumped slightly up for the 2015 season.
When the Indians signed Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn prior to the 2013 season, the front office made it clear that $80-85M was their salary goal for the next few seasons. They’ve entertained the idea of going beyond that (the reported negotiations with Justin Masterson at this time last year would have pushed that number closer to $90M) but they’ve managed to improve the team while still sitting within their range.
I know many fans remain frustrated with the front office, but I’ve always maintained that Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti do a fantastic job given their budget constraints. Considering the fact that they entered this offseason with no roster flexibility, no money to spend, and came away with a significantly upgraded bat in right field and a potentially nice addition to the rotation, I’m impressed.